Date Added: Aug 2009
Phishing is a common method cyber criminals use to lure individuals into giving up their personal information. Spear phishing is where the criminals target a specific group of users, for example all customers of a particular bank or credit union. Whaling is an even more directed attack at one particular person. Although these attacks are often directed towards high net-worth individuals, cyber-criminals use social networking sites and other online databases to obtain the majority of the information which allows them to commit these crimes.